Both of these books, in very different ways, explore aesthetic and philosophical resistance to the production and enforcement of strict racial hierarchies. Stéphane Robolin centers his study in the years of South African apartheid (Afrikaans for separateness), a set of policies enacted from 1948 to 1994 that rigidly demarcated, disfranchised, and prohibited the movements and actions of those the state designated black, coloured, or Indian. But as historian Carl H. Nightingale demonstrates in Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (2012), different levels of government—colonial, municipal, and provincial—had long imposed racially segregationist policies in that region, as had colonial governments and settler colonial states throughout much of the world. Although Nightingale distinguishes such spatial policies from those that tended to accompany slavery, in which elites often valued proximity to workers for the purposes of surveillance, he notes that the racial concepts...
Grounds of Engagement: Apartheid-Era African American and South African Writing
Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature
Leigh Anne Duck is associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where she edits the journal the Global South. She is the author of The Nation’s Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2006) as well as several essays on literary and visual representations of the US South, often involving comparative or otherwise transnational methodologies.
Leigh Anne Duck; Grounds of Engagement: Apartheid-Era African American and South African Writing
Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature. American Literature 1 September 2017; 89 (3): 641–643. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00029831-4160966
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